Chapter 4


6-4.01    Purpose.

6-4.02    Definitions.

6-4.03    Body Artist Permit Required.

6-4.04    Body Artist Permit Application Requirements.

6-4.05    Body Artist Permit Denials.

6-4.06    Revocation of Permit.

6-4.07    Operational Guidelines.

6-4.08    Exemptions from Provisions.

6-4.01 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to protect the health of all persons in the City by requiring screening and identification for all applicants wishing to conduct Body Art. This process will ensure that no body art practitioner who is a registered sex offender be issued a permit to conduct Body Art in the City limits.

(§ 1, Ord. 1222-07 (CM), eff. October 25, 2007)

6-4.02 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, certain words and phrases used herein are defined as follows:

(a)    “Body Art” shall mean body piercing, permanent cosmetics and/or tattooing.

(b)    “Body Artist Permit” shall mean a permit issued by the Chief of Police authorizing a person to engage in the practice of Body Art. The Council shall establish a Body Artist Permit Fee by resolution from time to time.

(§ 1, Ord. 1222-07 (CM), eff. October 25, 2007)

6-4.03 Body Artist Permit Required.

No person shall engage in the practice of Body Art without first obtaining a Body Artist Permit from the Chief of Police.

(§ 1, Ord. 1222-07 (CM), eff. October 25, 2007)

6-4.04 Body Artist Permit Application Requirements.

An application for Body Artist Permit shall be filed with the Chief of Police upon forms provided by the City. Such application shall be verified under oath and shall furnish the following information:

(a)    The name and business address of the applicant;

(b)    A complete description of the nature and type of Body Art to be administered;

(c)    Written proof that the applicant is over the age of eighteen (18) years;

(d)    The applicant’s height, weight, and color of eyes and hair;

(e)    Two (2) recent portrait photographs at least two (2") inches by two (2") inches of the applicant;

(f)    An itemization of all criminal convictions, except minor traffic violations;

(g)    If the applicant is a corporation, the names, and residence addresses of each of the officers, directors, and each stockholder holding more than ten (10%) percent of the stock of the corporation. If the applicant is a partnership, the application shall set forth the name and the residence address of each of the partners, including limited partners. If one or more of the partners is a corporation, the provisions of this section pertaining to a corporate applicant shall apply;

(h)    Applications shall be verified under penalty of perjury as provided by the Code of Civil Procedure of the State for the verification of pleadings; and

(i)    Such further information as the Chief of Police may reasonably require in order to comply with the provisions of this Chapter.

(§ 1, Ord. 1222-07 (CM), eff. October 25, 2007)

6-4.05 Body Artist Permit Denials.

The Chief of Police shall deny any application for a Body Artist Permit if the applicant is a registered sex offender, or in case the applicant has not complied with all the terms and conditions of this Chapter.

(§ 1, Ord. 1222-07 (CM), eff. October 25, 2007)

6-4.06 Revocation of Permit.

The Chief of Police may revoke a Body Artist Permit upon ten (10) day notice to the Body Artist for the following reasons:

(a)    Repeated or continued violations of the provisions of this chapter;

(b)    Materially false statements in the application for the Body Artist Permit. Such action may be appealed to the City Council within fourteen (14) days of the date of the action.

(§ 1, Ord. 1222-07 (CM), eff. October 25, 2007)

6-4.07 Operational Guidelines.

The City Council of City of Watsonville may adopt, by resolution, operational guidelines for Body Art Facilities, including detailed training procedures and health requirements.

(§ 1, Ord. 1222-07 (CM), eff. October 25, 2007)

6-4.08 Exemptions from Provisions.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply when tattooing is done by or under the direction of a physician licensed to practice medicine under the laws of the State of California.

(§ 1, Ord. 1222-07 (CM), eff. October 25, 2007)